Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: One Note Samba

A new set of Daily Races awaits Gran Turismo 7 players this week, with a very rare appearance of both circuit and track alongside more common fare.

You’ll probably blink a couple of times reading the combination for Race A, which this week heads to the fictional Alsace circuit location. However you won’t be driving the rolling corners of the Village course, but the madcap burst of elevation changes on the new-for-GT7 Test Course.

There’s a good chance you’ve only driven this in a Magic Mountain Driving Mission, and the basic combination is the same with a Volkswagen Sambabus required for the race around the Reverse version of the track.

With 33hp, even on Comfort Soft tires, it’s going to be a slow race. The vans will bunch up on the steep climb up the hill, and there’s only one real braking point. It’s for the best then that the race uses the “no DR/SR” event format; you won’t gain or lose Driver or Sportsmanship Rating points during the race.

We’re not quite sure how you top that combination, but if you fancy your racing to be a little bit more po-faced there’s Gr.3 and Gr.4 races available too.

Race B heads to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, with Gr.4 cars available. This GT4-like category features a wide mix of stripped-back road cars — bearing some aerodynamic aids, racing tires, and tougher mechanicals to cope with the rigors of racing — but GT7’s Balance of Performance will likely select for front-wheel drive cars again.

It’s a five-lap race of the British circuit, with Racing Medium tires as the only available option, and no fuel consumption or tire wear to be concerned about.

That leaves the Gr.3 event, which sends you to Dragon Trail Seaside. However you’ll need to be aware of the fact it’s the Reverse course this week, with the Chicane of Death run backwards — leading into the second hairpin which has absolutely no correct line, causing everyone to try a different one all at once.

This GT3-like class features vehicles which are loosely related to their road car brethren — so loosely in fact that they frequently only sharing a basic layout and engine configuration; they’re also exclusively rear-wheel drive. That does mean that the class is better balanced for one-lap pace though.

However for this ten-lap race you’ll be required to use both Racing Medium and Racing Soft tires. You’ll need to make at least one pass-through of the start/finish line out on track — so no pitting before the green or with one lap to go — or you’ll face a one-minute penalty applied to your final race time.

There’s also a 7x tire wear multiplier in effect, meaning tires wear seven times faster than the normal rate. You’ll need a strategy which gets the best out of the Soft tires for as long as possible, without wearing them down so far that they become slower than new Mediums.

In order to access the Daily Races, you’ll need to unlock Sport Mode, by completing Menu Book 9 (“Championship: Tokyo Highway Parade”) in the GT Cafe single player hub.

With GT7’s Daily Races updating every Monday across the game’s life to date, the next new set should arrive on Monday April 3.

Race A

  • Track: Alsace – Test Course Reverse, 5 laps
  • Car: Volkswagen Sambabus ’62 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Comfort Soft
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Grid Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race B

  • Track: Brands Hatch – Grand Prix Circuit, 5 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Racing Medium, Racing Inter/Wet
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race C

  • Track: Dragon Trail – Seaside Reverse, 10 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Medium†, Racing Soft†, Racing Inter/Wet
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 2x
  • Tire use: 7x

denotes mandatory tire

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